Despite being the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, quarterback Blake Bortles was considered a project coming out of UCF. Raw and talented, analysts considered Bortles a guy who will need a year or two to refine his technique and succeed in the NFL.
The fine folks at EA Sports don’t need to abide by the same logic as most analysts, and they can rate players however they please. Recently, the ratings for some of the top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft were released, and Blake Bortles was given an overall rating of 78, good enough for 10th among all rookies.
Blake Bortles (73 Speed, 76 Acceleration, 92 Throw Power, 86 Throw Accuracy Short, 78 Overall)
From personal experience, a good Madden player can successfully use a quarterback if they are given a lot of raw talent. Bortles seems to have a lot of tools available given his high throw power and short accuracy ratings. A big part of the overall rating is something called “awareness”, and that doesn’t really matter when the quarterback is being controlled by the user. With a paltry 59 awareness rating, it’s no surprise Bortles’ overall rating wasn’t able to crack 80. Madden updates their player ratings over the course of the season, so we should see that rating go up if things go well.
– Daniel Lago